First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on "Spontaneous Poetics." Discussion includes meditation and poetry with William Carlos Williams's "Thursday" as an example. Ginsberg discusses Indian poetry, Paris and Henri Micheaux, William Blake's "Tierza," Gertrude Stein, and political disillusionment. (Continues on 76p076.)
December 2, 2004 Subject:
Casual Q&A Class
Good not excellent recording quality (picks up high end and a small hum around 10 minutes). Phil Whalen(?) chimes in now and then. Ginsberg is funny and open. Features a nicely sung unaccompanied "To Tirzah".
0:00: Allen pushes the sitting meditation.
5:08: WC Williams "Thursday"
6:30: Explains connection btwn Buddhist and Yankee Pragmatic metaphysics and general thesis of poetic yoga.
9:00: Funny personal reflections on teaching and his recent failures/nervous breakdowns therein.
11:10: Haiku and RH Blyth; favorite Asian writers and books
19:05: "Nivrandahath(?) adorns himslf with neck garland of smells..." One of AG's favorite poems from the Orient by Changdeva
22:45: Ho Chi Minh's poems
25:00: Andre Michaux, Ed Dorn, Greg Tate
26:50: Transcendent visions become boring.
35:00: What languages do you read?
37:20: Rosseau's Banquet Anecdote
38:45: "Being Geniuses Together" AG says "one of the most influential books on me"
41:05: Blake's To Tirzah sung
45:00: Blake, illustrations: Alvethorpe Mansion
49:30: Gertrude Stein's role
51:35: Political Disillusionment
57:00: Varieties of political demonstrations